Malaysia has no military cooperation with Hamas - Zahid Hamidi
Friday, August 1, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 1 - Malaysia has never established any military cooperation with Hamas or any parties in Palestine.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the relationship and cooperation with Palestine is only in diplomatic, trade and culture.

Imam of China's biggest mosque killed in Xinjiang
Thursday, July 31, 2014

BEIJING, July 31 - The head of a China's largest mosque was murdered after conducting morning prayers, the local government in the far western region of Xinjiang said Thursday, amid intensifying violence in the turbulent region.
Jume Tahir, the government-appointed imam of the 600-year-old Id Kah mosque in the city of Kashgar, was killed Wednesday by "three thugs influenced by religious extremist ideology", the Xinjiang government web portal Tianshan said....

For children's sake - UNICEF calls for an end of Gaza conflict
Thursday, July 31, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 - The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has urged all sides to “come to their senses” and end the conflict in Gaza, especially for the sake of the children.  
Unicef executive director Anthony Lake said the UN body also hoped that humanitarian aid workers would be allowed to help those in need before more innocent lives were lost in the conflict....

Deaths in shelling of Gaza school enrage UN
Thursday, July 31, 2014

GAZA CITY, July 31 - More than 100 Palestinians were killed Wednesday in the Gaza Strip, among them victims of Israeli fire on a crowded market and a United Nations school. The United States and United Nations condemned the school shelling and Hamas said it fired rockets into Israel in retaliation for both attacks. ...

Malaysia's 'quiet diplomacy' prevails in eastern Ukraine
Friday, July 25, 2014

AS THE world mourns those who tragically lost their lives when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was brought down over eastern Ukraine last week, Malaysia now finds itself entangled in a distant and largely unfamiliar conflict, one that is rife with geopolitical implications.
The victims were people of various nationalities from all walks of life, whose untimely demise represents an escalation that...

Former Peru spymaster's jewelry haul to be auctioned
Sunday, July 27, 2014

LIMA - An Aladdin's cave of jewelry and trinkets belonging to Peru's jailed former intelligence chief could fetch more than $1 million when it is auctioned off next month, the government said Saturday.
A diamond-encrusted gold watch, 76 pairs of gold cufflinks and assorted gem-laden rings and chains are among 152 pieces of jewelry belonging to disgraced spymaster Vladimiro Montesinos, who is serving 20 years in prison for crimes against humanity....

Israel extends temporary truce as Gaza toll tops 1,000
Sunday, July 27, 2014

GAZA CITY - Israel on Saturday approved a four-hour extension of a temporary truce in Gaza, Israeli television said, after the Palestinian death toll topped 1,000 with the retrieval of dozens of bodies.
Channel 10 said the security cabinet had agreed to prolong a 12-hour truce that went into effect on Saturday morning by four hours, extending it until midnight local time (2100 GMT)....

Killing stops for 12 hours in Gaza
Saturday, July 26, 2014

JERUSALEM, July 26 - The Israeli military and the militant Palestinian Hamas were set on Saturday to start a 12-hour ceasefire at 8:00 am (0500 GMT), but a longer-term truce remained elusive.
Hamas said that it and other militant groups in Gaza had reached "national consensus on a humanitarian truce" and Israel later confirmed that it would observe what it called "a humanitarian window in the Gaza Strip"....

At least 60 killed in attack on Iraq prison convoy
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Baghdad (AFP) - An onslaught on a convoy transferring inmates north of Baghdad left at least 60 dead Thursday, even as politicians and diplomats stepped up efforts to end Iraq's worst crisis in years.
Most of those killed in Taji, 25 kilometres (15 miles) north of Baghdad, were prisoners whose escort was attacked and were described by police as being mostly Sunni militants charged with terrorism....

Final tally: Jokowi wins Indonesian presidential election with 53%
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

JAKARTA, July 22 -- 2014: This city's reform-minded governor, Joko Widodo, has comfortably won Indonesia's closely-fought presidential race against a controversial ex-general with deep roots in the era of strongman Suharto, final results showed today.   Widodo, known by...

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